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    What chore is your bane?

    Writing documentation is the bane of my professional life. Every time I open MS Word or switch to the edit tab of the internal wiki, I know I'll spend the next hours -- or days -- procrastinating, agonizing over every word choice, and generally hoping I had someone to offload the documentation work to. And don't even get me started on the diagrams!

    So, I was just wondering, what is the task that gives you the most grief?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruby-lang View Post
    So, I was just wondering, what is the task that gives you the most grief?
    doing laundry

    and now that my building's elevator is out of service for several weeks, it's a ~~long~~ walk down the stairs to the laundry room, schleppin da heavy clothes

    and the prices!! $2.25 for the wash cycle and $1.75 to dry!! it's teh highway robbery

    i hate laundry
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    Dishes. When I was growing up, everyone complained that we didn't have a dishwasher. My parents kept saying they did - me.

    I still don't have an automatic dishwasher. Still doing them by hand.

    Oh well, builds character I guess - something I happen to have in spades. Want some?

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    Dishes for me too.

    Especially when they've been sitting in there for a century or two, and the delightful slimey fungus begins growing in patches over the sludge of meat-scented grease. Nothing like sticking your hands in there, eh ?




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    Quote Originally Posted by ruby-lang View Post
    Writing documentation is the bane of my professional life.
    I know your pain, writing help files for applications I have written makes me want to injure something

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    Quote Originally Posted by r937 View Post
    doing laundry
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    and the prices!! $2.25 for the wash cycle and $1.75 to dry!! it's teh highway robbery

    i hate laundry
    So much better when you have your own washing mashine ... if you have the space!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    I know your pain, writing help files for applications I have written makes me want to injure something
    i have to agree here. It's so painful re-writing documentation to fit each situation. I keep thinking I can use the some old material, but end up spending hours rewriting.. in fact im doing that right now for a client that expects a new manual tomorrow... ugh.

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    Have to say it's dishes here too. No machine in this apartment and I do tend to leave things in the sink long enough that things start to grow on 'em. It's usually when I run out of clean plates that I finally break down and clean 'em all.

    I do have a washer and drier of my own, so laundry isn't a chore

    When it comes to the professional stuff, it's administrative CRUD stuff. I love writing the part of the site/application that does something neat, I hate doing the boring "user registration", "edit profile" type pages.

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    So much better when you have your own washing mashine ... if you have the space!
    I have a washer but no dryer, so it's still kind of a pain since I have to run down to the laundromat afterwards to dry. Would be much better if I could do it all in the apartment.

    Don't get me started on dishes...

    I know your pain, writing help files for applications I have written makes me want to injure something
    While writing the help files is not my favorite thing to do, what's even worse is doing documentation in the form of UML. Writing software specs, sequence diagrams, data flow diagrams, the list goes on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rozner View Post
    I have a washer but no dryer, so it's still kind of a pain since I have to run down to the laundromat afterwards to dry. Would be much better if I could do it all in the apartment.

    Don't get me started on dishes...



    While writing the help files is not my favorite thing to do, what's even worse is doing documentation in the form of UML. Writing software specs, sequence diagrams, data flow diagrams, the list goes on...
    @rozner: How could anything be a chore in Paris!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Schulz View Post
    Oh well, builds character I guess - something I happen to have in spades. Want some?
    Who wants to build character? Let's quit!

    Ahhh... don't mind me, just quoting classic Simpsons and not adding anything useful to the topic at hand.

    Actually, I'll just add something so I don't get into trouble: at the moment my "bane" would be the programming side of design!
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    For me, answering insanely stupid questions from clients and/or users who immediately give up at the very first sign that things might actually require some very small iota of thinking.

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    If you meant work related..then I'm with you on DOCUMENTATION!!! Believe it or not, I've been sent to Technical Documentation Seminar. Actually it was very good seminar!

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    Forgot to add... I can't do documentation w/o music in my ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sg707 View Post
    Forgot to add... I can't do documentation w/o music in my ears.
    i think that goes for most work. i work wayyyyyy better with music than without.

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    It is the dishes, most unfortunately.

    Well, at least Dan and I can take come comfort from our mutual dislike of dishes. And no, I don't have a dishwasher either. Electric or human. It's down to me as the other half can't wash dishes to save her own life (shocking, I know )

    I used to work as a dishwasher in a restaurant, and I did enjoy the camaraderie, but not the dishes and pans so much..

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    All chores suck. Otherwise they wouldn't be called chores!

    I don't get yard work - some people like that? To me it's no more fun than cleaning the bathroom. Sure you're outside which is great if the weather is nice, but I'd rather be in the park or something in that case!

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    transcriptions! I have to do one 2-hour video transcriptions almost every week and being half deaf, it's a pain!

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    Weeding the garden.

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    Washing my clothes... though I know how, still it's a burden for me. Glad mom is very generous to wash my clothes, well oh with the right price.

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    Writing documentation is definitely one of my worst areas as well. We have made progress, and cover most of the basic stuff, but we really don't have a comprehensive manual for phpLD even though we've been selling the software for a few years now.

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    Mowing the lawn & gardening... I hate it. I'm just in the process of selling our house so that we can move into a townhouse and I can spend that time with the kids doing fun stuff like playing pirates or driving matchbox cars down a big ramp.

    While I'm on it, I don't like sand either. Considering I'm in Australia it can be hard to avoid at times...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WickedGoddess View Post
    Washing my clothes... though I know how, still it's a burden for me. Glad mom is very generous to wash my clothes, well oh with the right price.
    LOL! One of the benefits of being 25 and still living at home.
    sigh i miss my mom's hospitality
    Lay down on my down pillow! Sleep like there's no tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by telos View Post
    For me, answering insanely stupid questions from clients and/or users who immediately give up at the very first sign that things might actually require some very small iota of thinking.
    Count me in on that one. There is nothing worse IMO than answering a series of inane questions.


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